Mon, 2017-12-04 22:30
Good performance from James Degale, but I expected more, he was dominant for the first 5 rounds, working 3 minutes per session, landing from angles, landing with velocity, precision, variety, the only thing Medina had going for him was his ability to withstand the volume, weight of punch. Medina was extremely well conditioned, and in round 6, wheh Degale was starting to struggle for pace, having worked so hard for 15 minutes, Medina took full advantage, didn't let Degale have any chance of stealing the round, and he was strong in the next few rounds, his relentless pressure, extremely high work rate, I think was what was serving him well, he had a great round 11, Degale's work rate dropped, his legs had slowed down, and his defence was lacking, he wasn't able to be consistent for whatever reason, and that meant his time periods of slacking, veering off his game plan, gave Medina chances to outwork him, steal the momentum. I think Degale had banked on being able to blast Medina out of there early, I don't think he rated him highly at all, and he underestimated him, it wasn't a good idea for Degale to put so much into the early rounds, and he struggled in victory, but it wasn't a bad performance, and he got the win, defended the title, he wouldn't have forgiven himself had underestimating his opponent cost him the belt. I can see why Medina and his fans thought he won, I certainly didn't see it that way, I think Degale won, ultimately, quite comfortably, but it certainly wasn't a walkover for Degale.
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